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Obesity Medicine Fellowship Program Faculty
The Obesity Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins offers fellows a chance to work closely with prestigious experts that deliver services across all areas of care for patients with obesity.
Core Faculty in Obesity Medicine
Director, Obesity Medicine Fellowship
Dr. Gudzune is board-certified in Internal Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and a Fellow of The Obesity Society. Dr. Gudzune has been practicing as an obesity medicine specialist since 2010. She directs the Johns Hopkins Healthful Eating, Activity, and Weight Program, as well as the Obesity Medicine Fellowship that she established in 2020. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Gudzune maintains an active research and teaching portfolio.
Her research focuses on obesity, specifically how patient obesity influences the healthcare experience, the efficacy of commercial weight-loss programs, and how features of the built and social environment influence lifestyle habits. Her research has won several awards, in addition to being featured by news outlets including The New York Times and National Public Radio. She has been a key educator on obesity medicine at Johns Hopkins through her directorship of the course on obesity, nutrition and behavior change for Johns Hopkins medical students, as well as precepting residents on obesity medicine. She was recognized for her outstanding mentoring of trainees with the 2015 Frederick L. Brancati Excellence in Mentoring Award at Johns Hopkins.
Associate Director, Obesity Medicine Fellowship
Dr. Rajagopal is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She has been practicing as an obesity medicine specialist since 2020. Using her Medicine-Pediatrics background, she has a specific interest in obesity treatment within the emerging adult population. She also focuses clinically on working with women with obesity in conjunction with obstetrics-gynecology and reproductive endocrinology to manage conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility.
Dr. Chaudhry is board-certified in Internal Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She has been practicing as an obesity medicine specialist since 2014. She is a passionate clinician-educator, and has been actively involved in training and precepting residents in internal medicine and preventive medicine with a specific emphasis on obesity medicine.
Dr. Cheskin is board-certified in Internal Medicine, and has been practicing obesity medicine since 1990. He is an active clinician and educator on obesity, as well as serving on obesity-related research protocols that have included novel and cutting edge therapies.
Dr. Hales is board certified in preventive medicine and is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. In his clinical practice at the Johns Hopkins Healthful Eating, Activity & Weight Program, he works with patients to develop individualized weight management plans that combine dietary changes, physical activity, and medications, while also addressing mental health issues and barriers to weight loss. He strives to develop long term relationships with patients to support weight maintenance in a comfortable and friendly environment.
Associate Faculty Specialists
Director, Johns Hopkins Obesity Surgery Center
Dr. Schweitzer provides clinical training in bariatric surgery for obesity medicine fellows, which will include outpatient practice as well as observation in the operating room during bariatric surgical procedures. Dr. Schweitzer directs the Johns Hopkins Obesity Surgery Center, and has been performing bariatric surgeries since 1998. The Johns Hopkins Obesity Surgery Center has performed over 5,000 bariatric operations since 1996 and is accredited with the MBSAQIP. Dr. Schweitzer is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He served as the President of the Maryland Chapter of ASMBS from 2014-2015. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Schweitzer trains surgical fellows in bariatric and metabolic surgery.
Director, Mt. Washington Weigh Smart Program
Dr. Scheimann provides clinical training in pediatric obesity medicine at Mt. Washington Pediatrics Weigh Smart Program. She trained in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, and has extensive experience in obesity including weight management treatment of children and use of motivational interviewing. She has been overseeing pediatric obesity care at the Mt. Washington Pediatrics Weigh Smart Program since 2005. In addition to her clinical expertise, Dr. Scheimann precepts pediatric residents at Johns Hopkins in obesity, nutrition and gastroenterology.
Director, Obesity Behavioral Medicine Program
Dr. Coughlin provides clinical training in obesity-related psychological treatment at the Johns Hopkins Obesity Behavioral Medicine Program. She is a clinical psychologist with specific training and clinical focus on psychological and behavioral treatments of obesity for both adolescents and adults since 2004. In addition to her clinical expertise, Dr. Coughlin supervises several faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and students on psychological and behavioral treatments for obesity.